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    Sea Change

    Produced by Nigel Godrich, Beck's seventh album Sea Change peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200. Widely praised upon its release in 2002, Rolling Stone's David Fricke hailed it as "the best album Beck has ever made."
    1. The Golden Age
    2. Paper Tiger
    3. Guess I'm Doing Fine
    4. Lonesome Tears
    5. Lost Cause
    6. End Of The Day
    7. It's All In Your Mind
    8. Round The Bend
    9. Already Dead
    10. Sunday Sun
    11. Little One
    12. Side Of The Road
    Beck
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  • People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition) People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition) Quick View

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    People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition)

    A Tribe Called Quest and Sony Legacy present the 25th anniversary edition collection of the group's classic debut album, People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm. In celebration of the 25th anniversary, the album has been remastered from the original tapes by Grammy-Award winning engineer Bob Power, and re-released with exclusive new remixes. This album marks the debut release in a series of re-releases by A Tribe Called Quest over the course of the next few years.


    People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm made its debut in 1990 and came at a crucial time for hip-hop. The Queens-raised childhood friends -- Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White -- took the traditional hip-hop formula and threw it out the window. Like their contemporaries in De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers, all of whom would become known as the Native Tongues collective, their lyrical and musical influences were unlike any hip-hop group on the scene. While many built breaks around vintage soul and funk samples, ATCQ utilized samples of jazz and '70s rock. Their verses were conversational instead of confrontational, addressing socially conscious topics with laid-back candor and slightly off-kilter humor.


    Critics and hip-hop audiences understood the sea of change ATCQ represented. The Source gave the album a perfect score of five mics (a first for the publication), while The Village Voice praised it as upliftingly dope.

    LP 1
    1. Push It Along
    2. Luck of Lucien
    3. After Hours
    4. Footprints
    5. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
    6. Public Enemy
    7. Bonita Applebum (includes 'Can I Kick It' Intro)
    8. Can I Kick It?
    9. Youthful Expression


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    1. Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)
    2. Mr. Muhammad
    3. Ham 'N' Eggs
    4. Go Ahead In the Rain
    5. Description of a Fool
    6. Footprints (remix)
    7. Bonita Applebum (Pharrell Williams Remix)
    8. Can I Kick It? (J. Cole Remix)

    A Tribe Called Quest
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    This Is The Sea

    Reissue of the band's 3rd studio album on 180 gram vinyl. Formed in 1981, following a newspaper advertisement from the band's only constant member Mike Scott, The Waterboys were a changing line-up of musicians from Scotland, Ireland and England, who spent time developing their mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll in many different locations; including Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Spiddal, New York, and Findhorn.
    1. Don't Bang The Drum
    2. The Whole Of The Moon
    3. Spirit
    4. Pan Within
    5. Medicine Bow
    6. Old England
    7. Be My Enemy
    8. Trumpets
    9. This Is The Sea
    The Waterboys
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    The Sea of Memories

    Multi-platinum rock band Bush return with their highly anticipated new album, The Sea of Memories. Recorded with producer Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica), The Sea of Memories is the seminal bands first studio release in 10 years. The album captures the electricity and trademark intensity of classic Bush delivered in a setting thats fresh and alive. Songs like The Sound of Winter, Heart of the Matter and All Night Doctors are propelled by heavy guitar and hypnotic beats, simple song structures and sublime textures.


    About the album, Rossdale says, When making music, you have a choice to repeat what youve done or move on. It wouldve been safe to just rework (1994s debut album) Sixteen Stone over and over, but what kind of life would that be? When youre driving down the road, youre focused on whats in front of you; you dont really think to keep checking in your rear view mirror. I like the idea of art changing, developing and morphing.

    1. The Mirror of the Signs
    2. The Sound of Winter
    3. All My Life
    4. The Afterlife
    5. All Night Doctors
    6. Baby Come Home
    7. Red Light
    8. She's a Stallion
    9. I Believe in You
    10. Stand Up
    11. The Heart of the Matter
    12. Be Still My Love
    Bush
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  • Cayamo Sessions At Sea Cayamo Sessions At Sea Quick View

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    Cayamo Sessions At Sea

    Between busy touring schedules and time spent
    creating and recording songs, artists rarely get the
    opportunity to spend time with other musicians they
    admire and respect. Occasionally, they bump into
    each other in hotel lobbies, backstage dressing rooms,
    or airport terminals; usually no more than a hurried
    conversation passes, perhaps a quick meal together,
    a wave and a nod then everyone is off to the next gig.
    Ships that pass in the night.



    For one week each year, this changes. Musicians and
    music fans board a cruise ship together, escape the
    winter cold, and sail away for a musical adventure
    called Cayamo. Once-in-a-lifetime collaborations begin
    the minute the ship leaves port. From bow to stern,
    port to starboard, on top deck and down below, around
    every corner and in every venue you'll find musicians
    who might never otherwise have a chance to meet
    teaming up to play old favorite tunes or even create
    new ones.



    In 2012, Cayamo veteran Buddy Miller decided to try
    to capture a few of these special moments. He brought
    along some recording gear and set up a studio in the
    ship's library where he and co-host Jim Lauderdale
    recorded episodes for their SiriusXM Outlaw Country
    Buddy & Jim Radio Show. Their debut episode with
    Lucinda Williams was recorded there.



    Buddy thought the radio show recordings sounded
    really good so, in 2014, he brought more gear, an
    engineer and some great musicians. Sixthman let him
    take over the Bliss Lounge where he set up a temporary
    recording studio between the lanes of the bowling
    alley. For two days and nights, guest artists came to
    record and fans came to watch. It was so much fun,
    they did it all again in 2015.



    For those fortunate enough to have experienced
    Cayamo, these tracks might bring back fond memories.
    For those yet to sail, consider these recordings a vacation
    postcard from Buddy Miller and his talented friends and
    a musical snapshot of their journey through song.



    Kathi Whitley, Nashville, TN 2015

    1. After The Fire Is Gone - with Lee Ann Womack
    2. Love's Gonna Live Here - with Kacey Musgraves
    3. Sunday Morning Coming Down - Kris Kristofferson
    4. Just Someone I Used To Know - with Nikki Lane
    5. Hickory Wind - with Lucinda Williams
    6. Wedding Bells - with Richard Thompson
    7. If Teardrops Were Pennies - with Elizabeth Cook
    8. Wild Horses - with Shawn Colvin
    9. Come Early Mornin' - with Jill Andrews
    10. Take The Hand Of Jesus - with Doug Seegers
    11. Angel From Montgomery - with Brandi Carlile and The Lone Bellow
    Buddy Miller & Friends
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  • I Just Started Hating Some People Today I Just Started Hating Some People Today Quick View

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    I Just Started Hating Some People Today

    Two brand-new original songs from the inimitable Beck. While the A-side of Hating manages genre hop as well as anything Mr. Hansen has done in the past, the flip side of Blue Randy has a certain timeless quality that feels like it would equally be at home on any past release whether it be One Foot in the Grave or Sea Change.


    Beck is one of the greatest artists of our time and we are beyond honored to be able to release such a pivotal record in his already-golden catalog.

    1. I Just Started Hating Some People Today
    2. Blue Randy
    Beck
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    Morning Phase (On Sale)


    one of his best: a tenderly stunning song cycle of languid, prairie-dusted psychedelia that recalls Beck's reflective 2002 classic, Sea Change - David Fricke, ROLLING STONE


    Morning Phase is true to its title: the beginning of yet another amazing chapter in Beck's peerless career and catalogue. Featuring musicians who have backed him on many of his most acclaimed albums, as well as the current live shows widely hailed as the best of his career (Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner), Morning Phase harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of Beck's most classic ballads, all the while surging forward with undeniable optimism.


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    1. Cycle
    2. Morning
    3. Heart Is A Drum
    4. Say Goodbye
    5. Blue Moon
    6. Unforgiven
    7. Wave
    8. Don't Let It Go
    9. Blackbird Chain
    10. Phase
    11. Turn Away
    12. Country Down
    13. Waking Light
    Beck
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    Familial

    When you're the same age as the Prime Minister, you think, I'd better get on with this, Philip Selway grins as he acknowledges the new sea change in British politics but popularity is generally a passing phase while your first album, that's forever. Knowing time waits for no one, he has delivered Familial, a collection of sublimely fragile, haunting, and heartfelt songs that will surprise many, and not only because drummers traditionally don't do this kind of thing. Familial is so persuasively good, it sounds like Selway has always been a singer-songwriter.


    It's a sideline solo project, mind. The morning he talks about his record for the very first time, he still has to leave for a rehearsal down the road by an acclaimed Oxford-based band, named Radiohead, for whom Selway has drummed immaculately and imaginatively for the last 20 years. And with the admission, It's a cardinal sin for drummers to come in to rehearsals with the comment I've got this song'! he knows the time has come for his songs, put on ice when drumming took over in his late teens, to emerge into the light.


    Listeners to Familial will immediately recognize the ring of absolute truth, melodies and words fired by emotions, and not a whiff of dilettante posturing. In truth, what truly ignited Selway's efforts to record wasn't Britain's political transformation but the loss of his mother in 2006. It was one of those watershed moments that shake everything up, and you get a greater sense of urgency on what you want to do in life, he says.

    1. By Some Miracle
    2. Beyond Reason
    3. A Simple Life

    4. All Eyes on You

    5. Don't Look Down
    6. Broken Promises
    7. The Ties That Bind Us
    8. Patron Saint
    9. Falling
    10. The Witching Hour
    Philip Selway
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    Animals In The Median


    Salmon Colored Vinyl


    Voted Portland's 2012 Best New Band by Willamette Week


    One of NPR's Artists you should've known in 2012


    There is a stillness between kissing lips that belies the beating hearts connected to them,
    a calm in the simple gesture that holds tumultuous emotions close, keeping their caprice
    from pulling you apart. For the past three years, Radiation City has scored the soundtrack
    to relationships such as these. Moments where Quiet/Bombast, Future/Past,
    Man/Woman, Hope/Fear are conjoined; from their use of modern electronic sounds and
    the restraint of classic bossa records, to the urgency and harmony of northern soul, the
    band has codified seemingly disparate ideas into a sound and ethos that is at once
    refreshing and classic. Their second LP Animals In The Median will be released May 7th.
    Founded in 2009 amid the glow of one budding love affair, Radiation City quickly
    blossomed into a family, finding itself with a second couple and another multi
    instrumentalist besides. If the quintet's early live shows and debut LP The Hands That
    Take You quickly earned them a reputation as one of Portland, Oregon's most promising
    young acts, the subsequent national tours and 2011's EP Cool Nightmare made good on
    that promise. The band's expanding soundscape of new romanticism has drawn
    accolades from NPR, Time, and KEXP to name a few.


    The new full length features 12 songs recorded over the span of a year in both rural
    Washington and urban Portland. You can hear a focused songwriting, lush arrangements,
    and gorgeous harmonies. You can hear the celebration and lament of a sea change year
    which saw the passing of matriarchs, the betrayals and betrothals of loved ones, the
    baring and bruising of hopeful hearts in an increasingly dangerous world. Moreover, you
    can hear a band edified, coming into their own in rich and simple gesture.

    1. Zombies
    2. So Long
    3. Wash of Noise
    4. Food
    5. Foreign Bodies
    6. Wary Eyes
    7. LA Beach
    8. Entropia
    9. Buckminsterfullerene
    10. Summer Rain
    11. Lark
    12. Call Me
    Radiation City
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  • East Is East East Is East Quick View

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    East Is East

    In East is East, Pepi Ginsberg and her collaborators step into the golden hour of the day and embrace The most ephemeral of seasons. A mood and a time where we know that change is coming in the form of a cool wind; we hold on until we let go. The song 'Summer Sick as Love' accomplishes this feeling, with its mythical descriptions of gutter punks and wind ravaged stop-signs. Ginsberg, with arrangements expertly handled by her band, creates a world with East is East, that is the season in between, and parts the waters, navigating change in the sea of these strange times.
    1.Shake This
    2.Lost River
    3.East is East
    4.Mercury Tide
    5.Coca Cola
    6.Gravity in 20/20
    7.Navy and Sand
    8.Kid
    9.Coal to Diamonds
    10.Summer Sick as Love
    Pepi Ginsberg
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  • The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Mono) The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Mono) Quick View

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    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Mono)

    Ranked 97/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time


    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Marks the Beginning of a Cultural Sea Change: 1963 Set Transformed Songwriting, Folk, and Pop


    Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram Mono 45 RPM Vinyl 2LP


    Wider Grooves for The Ultimate Sonic Quality: Strictly Limited to 3,000 Copies, Mobile Fidelity's Mono 45RPM Vinyl Pressing Teems With Directness and Sound Dylan Originally Intended


    Records Ambitious Poetry, Melodies, and Moral Conviction Transformed Songwriting, Folk, and Pop


    Includes Masters of War, Blowin' in the Wind, and A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall


    Originally experienced by everyone in direct, attention-getting mono sound, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is the album the ignited sea changes in pop culture, music, songwriting, poetry, and the social consciousness. It's the creation of a 22-year-old visionary still years away from casting a jaundiced eye to the media. It's the sound of change, the feeling of ground shifting beneath one's feet, and the entrance of an entirely new way of thinking. It's the effective beginning of what's arguably the boldest career in music history, the yawning vortex into the complex mind, supernatural wordplay, and folk techniques of a vocalist/guitarist whose name is forever associated with transformation.


    Mobile Fidelity is humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes, presenting it in its original take-notice mono sound, and pressing it on 45RPM LPs at RTI. Strictly limited to 3,000 copies, the end result is the finest, most transparent mono analog edition of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan ever produced. Never before has the resonance of his nylon guitar strings, fingerpicked notes, shivering harmonica fills, or plainspoken timbre possessed such directness, clarity, openness, body, or realism.


    As the preferred mix at the time of the recording, the mono version presents Dylan as he and his producers originally intended. More intimate, focused, and direct than its stereo counterpart, the mono edition places Dylan's vocals in the heart of the musical action and as one with the accompaniment. It paints listeners an incredibly accurate portrait of the attention-getting, concrete mass of sound that features no artificial panning and straight-ahead immersion into the music. With the advantage of wider and deeper grooves, the 45RPM pressing affords the opportunity to detect more information and lavish in extra richness. Whether it's the exaggerated nasal accents employed on Down the Highway or the decay of each strummed line on the entirely acoustic album, previously concealed details, microdynamics, and ambient cues surface - enhancing the listeners' experience and taking them inside Columbia's Studio A.


    Exponentially surpassing the potential he demonstrated on his debut, Dylan became a mirror of the concerns, issues, and feelings confronting the nation. Writing and singing with penetrating honesty, observational wit, moral conviction, and scathing emotion, he digs into the madness of war (Masters of War, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall), hypocrisy of segregation (Oxford Town), urgency of civil rights and freedom (Blowin' in the Wind), and multiple angles of unrequited love (Girl From the North Country, Don't Think Twice It's All Right) with a literate astuteness and depth that, nearly 50 years later, still leave audiences slack-jawed. Satire, absurdist humor, and traditional blues also pepper the album, which rests upon graceful melodies and sparse, poignant patterns.


    Viewed as protest songs, love songs, folk songs, or talking blues songs, the material on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan remains amongst the most astonishing and imaginative ever committed to tape. It deserves - as much as you deserve - a fidelity that makes as closely intimate as possible the music's connection with you. You deserve this mono edition.


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    1. Blowin in the Wind
    2. Girl From the North Country
    3. Masters of War
    4. Down the Highway
    5. Bob Dylans Blues
    6. A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
    7. Dont Think Twice, Its All Right
    8. Bob Dylans Dream
    9. Oxford Town
    10. Talking World War III Blues
    11. Corrina, Corrina
    12. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance
    13. I Shall Be Free
    Bob Dylan
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    Attack On Memory

    In 2009, Cleveland, OH's Dylan Baldi began writing and recording lo-fi power-pop songs in his parents basement, dubbing the project Cloud Nothings. His music quickly started making the Internet rounds, and fans and critics alike took note of his pithy songcraft, infectiously catchy melodies, and youthful enthusiasm. Baldi soon released a string of 7s, a split cassette, and an EP before putting out Turning On, a compilation spanning about a years worth of work, on Carpark in 2010. January 2011 saw the release of Cloud Nothings self-titled debut LP, which, put next to Turning On, found Baldi cleaning up his lo-fi aesthetic, pairing his tales of affinitive confusion with a more pristine aural clarity. In the interval since the release of Cloud Nothings, Baldi has toured widely and put a great deal of focus on his live show, a detail that heavily shapes the music of this, his follow-up album, Attack on Memory.


    After playing the same sets nightly for months on end, Baldi saw the rigidity of his early work, and he wanted to create arrangements that would allow for more improvisation and variability when played on the road. To accomplish this desired malleability, the entire band decamped to Chicago, where the album was recorded with Steve Albini, and all lent a hand in the songwriting process. The product of these sessions is a record boasting features that, even at a glance, mark a sea change in the bands sound: higher fidelity, a track clocking in at almost nine minutes, an instrumental, and an overall more plaintive air. The songs move along fluidly, and Baldi sounds assured as he brings his vocals up in the mix, allowing himself to hold out long notes and put some grain into his voice. Minor key melodies abound, drums emphatically contribute much more than mere timekeeping, and the guitar work is much more adventurous than that of previous releases.


    For all of early Cloud Nothings fun and fervor, Baldi admits that it never sounded like most of the music he listens to. With Attack on Memory, he wanted to remedy this anomaly, and in setting out to do so, Baldi and Co. have created an album that shows vast growth in a still very young band.

    1. No Future/No Past
    2. Wasted Days
    3. Fall In
    4. Stay Useless
    5. Separation
    6. No Sentiment
    7. Our Plans
    8. Cut You
    Cloud Nothings
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    Danse Macabre Deluxe

    Saddle Creek is set to reissue one of the crown jewels of the movement, an album that over time has proven to be as influential as it is exhilarating: The Faint's third album, 2001's Danse Macabre. It all seems like a natural progression now, but the release of Danse Macabre's predecessor, 1999's Blank-Wave Arcade, was a sea change for the Omaha group, showcasing a fondness for dance beats and dark keyboards while completely moving away from the indie-rock songs found on its debut, 1998's Media. Seeking a unique sound was becoming a regular occurrence in Omaha at the time, which led to a slew of phenomenal local releases, including Bright Eyes' I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Cursive's The Ugly Organ.


    The 9-song Danse Macabre sizzled with perfectly aggressive synth lines, Todd Fink's menacingly effected vocals, infectious beats, bits of industrial and goth, and, at the heart of it all, strong songwriting featuring the kind of minor-key melodies that make singing along inevitable. To top it off, upstart engineer and producer Mike Mogis perfectly captured The Faint's sound and attitude despite never previously working on an electronic record.


    The Danse Macabre reissue is being supported by a tour that will find The Faint performing the album in its entirety for the first time ever, along with entries from across the group's discography and some brand new material. It will also be the first time fans have been exposed to the new slim-and-trim quartet of vocalist Todd Fink, keyboardist Jacob Thiele, guitarist Dapose, and drummer Clark Baechle.


    Deluxe Edition package includes: remastered 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI in custom tip-on gatefold jacket; remastered 2CD-set of entire album and bonus material; DVD with archival footage from the band, live projection videos from the era's tour dates, the "Agenda Suicide" video directed by MK12; 12-page book; and new liner notes. Limited to 3000 copies!


    Features:

    - Remastered 180g 2LP-set manufactured at RTI

    - Remastered 2CD-set of entire album and bonus material

    - DVD with archival video footage, live projection videos, the "Agenda Suicide" music video and live footage

    - New liner notes (written by Marc Hawthorne) and photos from the band's personal archive

    LP
    1. Agenda Suicide
    2. Glass Danse
    3. Total Job
    4. Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat
    5. Your Retro Career Melted
    6. Posed To Death
    7. The Conductor
    8. Violent
    9. Ballad Of A Paralysed Citizen


    CD1 - Original Album Remastered
    1. Agenda Suicide
    2. Glass Danse
    3. Total Job
    4. Let the Poison Spill from Your Throat
    5. Your Retro Career Melted
    6. Posed to Death
    7. The Conductor
    8. Violent
    9. Ballad of a Paralysed Citizen


    CD2 - Bonus Tracks
    1. Take Me to the Hospital
    2. Mote
    3. Dust
    4. Falling out of Love at this Volume
    5. The Conductor (Thin White Duke Remix)
    6. Glass Danse (Out Hud Remix)

    The Faint
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    Tall Tall Shadow

    Tall Tall Shadow, the third album by Toronto singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, is the bravest album she has made. Raw and spectral, heartbroken, yet jubilant, these ten songs tell the story of a very hard year in the artist's life and all the love that helped her through it.


    Whereas the singer's past two LPs, including 2008's Polaris-nominated Oh, My Darling, were made in Montreal's all-analogue Hotel 2 Stango studio, Tall Tall Shadow is a more modern thing. This is a record with echo and reverb, electronic flutters and electric autoharp, voices that charge and incandesce around buzzing guitars, lonely piano and rattling percussion.


    To get to this place, Bulat co-produced the album with, Tim Kingsbury and Mark Lawson. Kingsbury, a member of Arcade Fire, can play anything and everything, she says. Lawson, who has worked on records with Akron/Family and Colin Stetson, and who won a Grammy for his work on Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, is a studio alchemist, someone who hears things hidden in songs, who is always keen to transform them.


    They started recording in Toronto, at a reverberating 60-year-old dance hall. Once again, Bulat put together a band: her brother, the punk-inclined drummer Bobby Bulat; Holly Coish on keys and backing vocals; Kingsbury and Ben Whiteley on guitars and bass. One song features Whiteley's father, the folk legend Ken Whiteley, on gospel organ. But Tall Tall Shadow isn't acoustic folk music: like Beck's Sea Change or Buckingham Nicks, chord and strum are a launch-pad for wilder sounds.


    Bulat's goal was to keep challenging herself. Promise Not to Think About Love, with shimmying bass and dancing handclaps, is the poppiest track she has ever released. It Can't Be You, played on an Andean charango, is one of the simplest. Never Let Me Go is all crescendo, a woman in a storm, and the title track reaches soaring for the sky: has there ever been a better showcase for Bulat's powerhouse voice? For her steam-train heart?


    Two months before I was due to begin recording, I suffered a deep loss, Bulat says. I kind of started over. She started; and she didn't stop.


    - Sean Michaels

    1. Tall tall shadow
    2. Five, four
    3. Promise Not To Think About
    4. It Can't Be You
    5. Wires
    6. The City With No Rivers
    7. Someone
    8. Paris or Amsterdam
    9. Never Let Me Go
    10. From Now On
    Basia Bulat
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    Trompe Le Monde


    The Pixies Trompe Le Monde On Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP From Mobile Fidelity


    Pixies Swan Song Sparks With Electrically Charged Hooks, Outer-Space Atmospherics, And Eminent Tunefulness



    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes: Restoration Turns 1991 Album Into A Sonic Blockbuster


    Frank Black-led Set Includes Contagious Cover Of The Jesus And Mary Chain's "Head On"


    The Pixies verged on commercial breakthrough when the now-iconic band released Trompe le Monde in September 1991. A sea change in popular music tastes that the band helped initiate began to sweep the world. And the Boston quartet seemed prepared to lead the way, with this, its eminently tuneful fourth record, jam-packed with crafty hooks, prickly tones, catchy elements, outer-space atmospherics, electrically charged energy, and delightfully quirky lyrics.


    As it stands, Trompe le Monde takes its place as one of the finest swan songs ever recorded. If the Pixies wouldn't have broken up right after its release, there's no telling what would've happened. All that you need to know is that the 15-track effort is as hard rocking and brilliantly innovative as any of the group's creations. That's no small feat.


    Mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition 180g LP presents the ensemble's abrasively melodic landmark in a fidelity it's never enjoyed in any prior version. Featuring lusher keyboards and moodier soundscapes than its predecessors, but also reclaiming the nasty guitar edginess and swooning distortion of the group's earliest efforts, Trompe de la Monde finally comes across as the Pixies intended: A sonic bridge between college-rock's influential cruder-textured albums and the polished professionalism that distinguished alt-rock classics.


    In other words, Mobile Fidelity's version presents it as the perfect-sounding album: Replete with grit, rawness, and character, but mixed in with radio-friendly smoothness and virtuosic professionalism. Awash with incredible timbres and tonalities, myriad new details rise to the surface. Listen to the counterpoint melodies and layered vocals on "Letter to Memphis"; the trash-compactor feedback and thumping bass during the whipsawing "Planet of Sound"; the "Spyhunter"-like pace and limitless depth now present on "Subbacultcha." Dynamics, contrasts, low-end frequencies, and imaging are all significantly enhanced. Compared to the original CD, Trompe le Monde emerges as a new album-a sonic wonderland that's not far removed from that of Nirvana's celebrated blockbuster Nevermind.


    Musically, the Pixies were never better. On par with the groundbreaking Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Trompe le Monde explodes with hyper riffs, jerks to stop-start progressions, elates with cheerful emotions, and bangs on to giddy surf-fused arrangements. With Kim Deal absent from the songwriting process, vocalist/guitarist Frank Black takes the reigns and doesn't disappoint. Tales about sea monkeys ("Palace of the Brine"), aliens ("Planet of Sound"), and love ("The Sad Punk") bop alongside memorable jabs at hipster pretensions ("Subbacultcha") and inflated egos ("U-Mass"). A contagious cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On" will have you hitting "repeat." Power pop, wanderlust punk, theatrical glam rock, reconfigured reverb-laden country-all here, all encouraging repeat listens.


    Nearly lost due amidst the alternative trend that it played such a key role in spawning, Trompe le Monde gets new life courtesy of this extremely punchy, greatly balanced Mobile Fidelity issue. If you missed it the first time, don't make that mistake again. Essential with a capital "E," and the perfect way to close Mobile Fidelity's Pixies catalog restoration series.


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    1. Trompe le Monde
    2. Planet of Sound
    3. Alec Eiffel
    4. The Sad Punk
    5. Head On
    6. U-Mass
    7. Palace of the Brine
    8. Letter to Memphis
    9. Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons
    10. Space (I Believe In)
    11. Subbacultcha
    12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
    13. Lovely Day
    14. Motorway to Roswell
    15. The Navajo Know
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    The Spinners


    The Spinners Spinners On Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP From Mobile Fidelity


    Spinners' Silky Smooth 1972 Self-titled Record Birthed The Philadelphia Soul Sound: Includes Top 5 Hits I'll Be Around And Could It Be I'm Falling In Love


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Presents Groundbreaking Soul Album With Pristine Detail, Soothing Warmth, And Involving Emotionalism


    Sweeping Strings, Funk Rhythms, Brassy Rejoinders, Immaculate Harmonies, And Satiny Lead Singing Fill Thom Bell's Melodic Arrangements: Few Albums Sound Creamier Than This Watershed Effort


    The timeless music and expert arrangements are about the only things smoother than the powder-blue suits sported by the Spinners on the cover of their resplendent self-titled 1972 record. The band's first album for Atlantic after departing Motown, Spinners ranks as an all-time soul classic - a filler-free set boasting immaculate harmonies, sweet melodies, and impeccably matched vocals. Thom Bell's flawless production puts it all over the top. Yielding an ideal balance of lushness and grit, the collaboration between the Detroit-based group and studio veteran yielded a record that birthed the celebrated Philadelphia Sound. Now, you can finally experience it in audiophile-grade sonics.


    Mastered from the original tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited-edition 180g LP of Spinners presents the quintet's magnum opus with pristine detail, soothing warmth, and involving emotionalism. Free of previously constraining ceilings, highs soar to their intended heights. Each singer's voice can be distinctly heard amidst the expert mix. Superb dynamics, soundstaging, and imaging highlight Bell's gorgeous orchestrations as well as the Spinners' pillow-soft mellifluousness. Backing instrumentation, ranging from rolling bass lines and punctual horns to swaying strings and crisp high-hat beats, unfolds with reference-caliber purity and transparency. Not many 1970s albums of any genre sound silkier, creamier, or more tonally rich than this LP.


    While the career-defining performances within the grooves cannot be overlooked, Spinners remains equally notable for its historical importance. At the dawn of the 70s, Motown still held sway as the dominant soul style. Yet the Spinners' decision to move to Atlantic - prompted by a suggestion by Aretha Franklin - and refashion their approach with Bell signaled a sea change that ushered in a smoother, sweeter variety of R&B punctuated with sweeping strings, jazzy flourishes, brassy replies, and funk rhythms. Few, if any, vocal groups mesh these traits more convincingly, pleasingly, and naturally than the Spinners on this watershed effort.


    Anchored by Top 5 smashes like Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, Spinners signaled the beginning of a partnership with Bell that lasted seven years and elevated the band to stardom. Indeed, even in spite of the four hit singles, the record remains defined by an artistic consistency, watertight focus, and collective unity that make everything here deserving of close attention. Flush with catchy hooks and pop accents, each song is treated as a potential anthem. Laden with depth and richness, Bell's savvy, wide-open arrangements frame the Spinners' satiny singing with sensual class and refined delicacy.


    Heaven-sent voices do the rest. Making his first appearance on record as a member, Philippe Wynne treats the carefully honed material as a breakout session for his dulcet tenor on tracks such as One of a Kind (Love Affair). Not to be outdone, the equally measured Bobbie Smith mesmerizes with his deft phrasing, reedy timbre, and sparkling clarity, never finer than on the million-selling I'll Be Around. Solo or paired together, Wynne and Smith's glorious leads run the gamut from upbeat and optimistic to sad and forlorn, forming the backbone of a masterwork that addresses romance (Just You and Me Baby), regret (How Could I Let You Get Away), and social ills (Ghetto Child) with consummate passion.


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    1. Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind
    2. Just You and Me Baby
    3. Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
    4. I Could Never (Repay Your Love)
    5. I'll Be Around
    6. One of a Kind (Love Affair)
    7. We Belong Together
    8. Ghetto Child
    9. How Could I Let You Get Away
    10. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
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    Pressed On Ultra-Clear Vinyl

    Saint Vitus are the godfathers of American doom metal. Seventeen years after the release of their previous full-length Die Healing, these legends return with yet another masterpiece, Lillie: F-65, once again showcasing that trademark song writing style so beloved by Saint Vitus fans. Featured herein is the cataclysmic and unmistakable guitar sound of co-founder Dave Chandler, leading to those amazing and magical solos.

    Lillie: F-65 is furthermore graced with the deeply resonant vocals of Scott 'Wino' Weinrich who returns to record an album with the band for the first time since the glorious V (1989) and whom many consider to be the classic Saint Vitus vocalist. Despite the hiatus and many changes over the past years, Saint Vitus remain true icons of doom. Now the U.S. legends are back and stronger than ever with Lillie: F-65!

    1. Let Them Fall
    2. The Bleeding Ground
    3. Vertigo
    4. Blessed Night
    5. The Waste of Time
    6. Dependence
    7. Withdrawal
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    Esoteric Warfare

    Esoteric Warfare is the fifth studio album by the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.


    It has been seven long years since MAYHEM released their fourth and last full-length Ordo ad Chao. Founded as early as in 1984 in Oslo, Norway by the late and legendary frontman Øystein Aarseth aka Euronymous, bassist Jørn Necrobutcher Stubberud, and Kjetil Manheim Haraldsson on drums, the band took its name from the VENOM song Mayhem with Mercy. Continuing and renewing the Black Metal style heralded by the English trio, MAYHEM soon became the instigators of the so called second wave and were at the heart of every controversy surrounding that genre. The suicide of misanthropic frontman Per Yngve Dead Ohlin. The murder of Euronymous by guest bass player Count Grishnakh alias the notorious Varg Vikernes. Church burnings, drugs and prison sentences, MAYHEM were always at the centre of the storm. Yet not even death could stop the Norwegians, who released one musical milestone after the other. The incredible rawness of the Deathcrush EP (1987) was followed by the still iconic and genre defining De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994), which featured devilish drummer Jan Axel Hellhammer Blomberg, who had joined in 1988. The vocalist on this album was the Hungarian Attila Csihar of TORMENTOR fame, who returned later in 2004 to take over from his meantime heir, the enigmatic original singer Sven-Erik Maniac Kristiansen. The latter was featured on the Wolf's Lair Abyss EP (1997), which was written mostly by highly talented guitarist Rune Blasphemer Eriksen, who scored a massive success with the highly controversial Grand Declaration Of War (2000). Those were followed by the more classic Chimera (2004) and a masterpiece of utter darkness called Ordo Ad Chao (2007) with Attila singing again, which inspired many bands to follow in its tracks. MAYHEM had always witnessed many line-up changes due to the circumstances described above. Therefore even the loss of Blasphemer, who decided to focus on his other band AVA INFERI in 2008, did not stop the band. Activities mainly revolved around live shows, until the right balance was found again with the recruitment of Morten Teloch Iversen. The guitarist had already made a name for himself with NIDINGR, which is highly regarded amongst black metal enthusiasts yet remained mostly an underground phenomenon. Now his first compositional work with MAYHEM is unleashed and demonstrates how perfectly Teloch has captured the essence and spirit of the Norwegian legend by linking the band back to its roots, while at the same time taking a step forward into the spearhead position of the genre instead of dwelling in nostalgia. The A-side, Psywar comes with a different mastering than the album version. The B-side, From Beyond the Event Horizon is a rare track taken from the much rumoured Budapest Recording Sessions, which the band decided to scratch. Tremble world, MAYHEM are back with a vengeance!

    1. Watchers
    2. Psywar
    3. Trinity
    4. Pandaemon
    5. MILAB
    6. VI.Sec.
    7. Throne of Time
    8. Corpse of Care
    9. Posthuman
    10. Aion Suntelia
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    Wildfire

    Pressed On Silver Vinyl


    Housed In A Gatefold Sleeve


    Includes Poster


    DESTRÖYER 666 have no need to prove anything. The band originally starting out as a solo project of BESTIAL WARLUST guitarist KK in Australia in 1994 has already delivered four highly acclaimed and influential albums that cemented their excellent reputation within the metal scene.


    Now 'Wildfire' makes a complete fist that goes straight into your face. These nine heavy hymns are made of the essence of metal. There is no core, no post, no bullshit on this album - just great hard hitting song. Each track is hammered out rough and gritty, yet at the same time they all are intelligently arranged and massive in sound.


    The term old school applies to a point, but without any clinging to simple nostalgia. DESTRÖYER 666 have nothing in common with a bunch of kids trying to emulate the eighties, but live and breathe metal since that golden age of hard music.


    With their debut album 'Unchain the Wolves' (1997), DESTRÖYER 666 quickly gained international attention. The band followed up with the even stronger 'Phoenix Rising' (2000), which saw the Australians relocating to Europe in order to satisfy the soaring demand for touring and festival shows. After a round of line-up changes, their third full length 'Cold Steel... For an Iron Age' (2002) again took the scene by storm. After a hiatus caused among other issues by disenchantment with the business, DESTRÖYER 666 returned with the crushing 'Defiance' to climb to a new peak in 2009.


    Now, the band around mastermind KK unleashes 'Wildfire' with nine burning tracks that will hunt you down like a pack of fiery wolves. DESTRÖYER 666 deliver metal at its best - made powerful by an unbroken and unrelenting spirit. No compromise!

    1. Traitor
    2. Live And Burn
    3. Artiglio Del Diavolo
    4. Hounds At Ya Back
    5. Hymn To Dionysus
    6. Wildfire
    7. White Line Fever
    8. Die You Fucking Pig!
    9. Tamam Shud
    Destroyer 666
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    Wayne Cochran

    Wayne Cochran! The exclamation point is there for a reason. Known as "The White Knight of Soul," Cochran was flamboyant in both voice and attire. Crowned by a swooping white pompadour, he held back nothing on stage. His performance style was very reminiscent of fellow Georgia native Little Richard Penniman. Like Penniman, music led Cochran to his current career as a minister. Anyone who's ever witnessed a fire-and-brimstone southern gospel service can see the connection between gospel's passion and r&b's groove.


    Issued by Chess Records in 1967, Wayne Cochran! captured the outrageous energy of his live show within the album's grooves. This explosive collection of songs proved that Cochran deserved to share the label home of r&b greats like Etta James, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Rather than a traditional artist portrait, the front cover features an outline of his white pompadour against a black background. Simple and direct, it stood in stark relief against the sea of day-glo, psychedelic imagery of the day. To put it another way, the cover art clearly conveyed that this album was all killer, no filler.


    The original mono version of this LP is incredibly rare and changes hands for princely sums. However, there is no need to empty the savings account now that Sundazed Music has prepared a righteous reissue, in glorious mono! Sourced from the original analog master tapes, this Sundazed edition is 180gm of concentrated soul. Just add a turntable and watch the party spring to life!

    1. Get Ready
    2. Boom Boom
    3. The Peak Of Love
    4. You Don't Know Like I Know
    5. Some-A' Your Sweet Love
    6. I'm Leaving It Up To You
    7. You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover
    8. Big City Woman
    9. Little Bitty Pretty One
    10. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
    11. Get Down With It
    12. When My Baby Cries
    Wayne Cochran
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    Cryptocracy (Awaiting Repress)

    From the metal-hewn flatlands of Finland comes a dark new force in electronic music. Forged in the electrical fire of industrial; nurtured through the apocalyptic feedback of art-rock, experimental and all things disruptive; and championed by the most influential names in EDM and beyond, Huoratron is deeper, stranger and harder-core than whatever came before it.


    Huoratron came to life in 2003, the brainchild of DJ/producer/mad 8-bit scientist Aku Raski. His sinister vision has taken form in just a few releases: some material for Finnish label New Judas, including the proactively aggressive Prevenge EP, containing angry blip-fest $$ Troopers and Corporate Occult, a slice of electro-house gone horribly awry. A set of remixes that changed H.I.M.'s In Venere Veritas from a jangly bit of radio rock to a doomed ride aboard a haunted 747 and M.I.A.'s Internet Connection from her usual minimal-funky hoedown to a sizzling nuclear rain storm.


    After resigning to Last Gang in 2010, Raski hit the studio, emerging a year later with Cryptocracy, his first full-length album. To be blatantly honest I do not personally feel a close resemblance to many, if any artist within my scene, Raski explains. This is mostly because I'm driven by my own vigorous motivation and do what I do despite associations made by others. I mean no disrespect by this. It is simply a fact that I, as an artist am in the center of the storm and feel content there.


    Cryptocracy is a journey of destruction, driven by chip synths, distortion and gut-punching bass. Recognizable sounds peak their heads out occasionally: a house riff on Transcendence, a dubstep pass on Sea of Meat, stripped-down techno on A699F. But they're swallowed up by an apocalyptic wave; the noises, textures and sonic sneak attacks that are Huoratron's signature, born more from a feeling than a particular genre focus.

    1. Cryptocracy
    2. New Wave of Mutilation
    3. A699F
    4. Bug
    5. Dungeons & Dragons
    6. Sea of Meat
    7. Top 1%
    8. Force Majeure
    9. Transcendence
    10. Unblinking Eye
    Huoratron
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    Nightingale Floors

    Nightingale Floors is the fifth studio album from Rogue Wave. This release follows the band's 2010 album Permalight and the debut track from the album, titled College, is already streaming via Soundcloud.


    The brainchild of Zach Schwartz (aka Zach Rogue) Rogue Wave formed in 2002 in Oakland, CA. While the line-up has changed from album to album the two constants have always been Zach and drummer Pat Spurgeon. Nightingale Floors finds the group secure in its sound and brimming with confidence. The result can only be described as a triumphant return to form.


    Meditations on life and death dominate Nightingale Floors, in large part because Rogue's father passed away during the writing of the record. But far from being a downer, Rogue has used the experience to find peace and, ultimately, happiness in facing up to the short time we have on Earth and appreciate everything around him. Much has been written about Rogue Wave's misfortune over the years, and it's true that for such a nice bunch of guys, they certainly have had their fair share of bad luck.


    Rogue Wave tapped Release The Sunbird s mixer John Congleton (whose impressive rÉsumÉ includes Modest Mouse, The Walkmen, David Byrne & St. Vincent, and Explosions In The Sky) to produce the record just north of Oakland at Cotati's Prairie Sun Recording Studios. With the assistance of touring bassist Masanori Mark Christianson, Peter Wolf Crier s Peter Pisano (guitar), Sea Of Bees Jules Baenziger (vocals), and Mwahaha s Ross Peacock (synth manipulation), Rogue, Spurgeon, and Christianson channeled their energies into 10 smart, dynamic songs that range from opener No Magnatone and its dreamy washes of sound to the big, catchy rock of College to the gentle The Closer I Get to the moody yet epic closer Everyone Wants To Be You. The music is as thoughtfully conceived as you'd expect from Rogue Wave, and there s an emotional energy behind the tracks that lingers on long after the album's last note.

    1. No Magnatone
    2. College
    3. Figured It Out
    4. Siren's Song
    5. The Closer I Get
    6. S(a)tan
    7. Used To It
    8. Without Pain
    9. When Sunday Morning Comes
    10. Everyone Wants To Be You
    Rogue Wave
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    Antiphon

    Midlake returns with their new studio album "Antiphon". An antiphon is a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties. In the
    case of Denton, Texas' favorite sons Midlake, it's the perfect title for a bold response to a new phase in the band's illustrious career, with a re-jigged lineup
    and a newly honed sound as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic.


    Anyone who knows Midlake's preceding albums will recognize some constituent parts of Antiphon: the quirky psychedelia of 2004 debut Bamnan and
    Slivercork, the '70s soft-rock strains of breakthrough album The Trials Of Van Occupanther and the Brit-folk infusion of 2010's The Courage Of Others.
    But their fourth album is another fascinating departure, but also a logical progression. The sound is simultaneously familiar and changed.


    "It's always through the scope of Midlake," says vocalist/guitarist Eric Pulido, "but on Antiphon we wanted to embrace the psychedelia, style and nuance
    you might hear in bands from yesteryear while also being aware of music influences leading up to and present now. The result was less folk and more
    rock. Less nostalgic and more progressive. Now the sky's the limit."


    This growth is down to the ambition and ability of Pulido (vocals, guitars, keyboards) Paul Alexander (bass, keyboards, bassoon, guitars, backing vocals),
    McKenzie Smith (drums, percussion) and Eric Nichelson (guitars, autoharp), plus Jesse Chandler (keyboards, piano, flute, backing vocals) and Joey
    McClellan (guitars, backing vocals) from Midlake's last live incarnation. But it's also down to the absence of Midlake's former principal singer Tim Smith,
    who left the band in November 2012.In the fall-out over the spoils of what had been recorded, the remaining members decided to start afresh, and wrote
    and recorded Antiphon in six harmonious months - bar 'Vale', which had been demoed without Smith during one of the sessions. With its ravishing,
    rippling textures symptomatic of Antiphon's scale, 'Vale' showed how far they'd already come. The remaining nine tracks - the album is free-flowing in
    feel, concise in structure - confirm it's very much Midlake, but uncannily rebooted, and relaxed.


    After the costumed antics of the band's last two album covers, the color-saturated globe on Antiphon takes a different tack, and a broader picture outside
    of Midlake's internal dynamic. "It conjures imagery of a celebratory fireworks display," Pulido suggests "but it's actually a diagram of an exclusive group of
    connected entities with disproportionate amounts of control over the global economy. It's a beautiful way to show a darker side of things in the world."


    Antiphon has a similarly paradoxical nature - from stress and upset, something positive and creative has emerged. Midlake is dead, long live Midlake.

    1. Antiphon
    2. Provider
    3. The Old And The Young
    4. It's Going Down
    5. Vale
    6. Aurora Gone
    7. Ages
    8. This Weight
    9. Corruption
    10. Provider Reprise
    Midlake
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    Deer Tick Vol. 2

    The best art often challenges widely held preconceptions about performance and beauty.We're moved when we find the sublime in the gross, entranced when crassness collides with grace. It makes poetic sense that one of this practice's finest current purveyors is named after a blood-sucking survivor.

    Deer Tick: undercutting expectations since 2004.

    I think a lot of my favorite artists have always done stuff like that, Deer Tick front man John McCauley says from his home in Nashville, reflecting on his band's love of unexpected mashups: tender lyrics layered over pissed off guitars; classical music flourishes delivered nearly naked and high. Deer Tick's perfected it all, mostly as an outlier, revered by a legion of fans, respected by peers, but not part of any one scene. With their highly anticipated new project(s), two new albums released simultaneously titled Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol.2, the crew from Rhode Island prove that their punk-roots rock has only gotten better with age.

    Ambitious and smart, the twin albums complement one another but also stand independently.Vol. 1 is classic Deer Tick: folk-rooted acoustic guitars and soft piano cushion out-front vocals. Vol. 2 commits wholly to the band's longtime garage-rock flirtations for a triumphant foray into punk.

    McCauley sees the two records as a natural progression. I think it's something that wa sbound to happen, just because I've always had one foot in each door, he says. Every album we've put out has had its manic moments in one way or another. I felt good enough about everything that I was writing to think that we could truly separate our two big interests: quiet and loud.

    It's been four years since Deer Tick's last release Negativity, and devotees have grown restless. It wasn't that the band-made up of McCauley, guitarist Ian O'Neil, drummer DennisRyan, and bassist Christopher Ryan-was withholding information. They just weren't sure they had anything more to share. It wasn't anything that we actually talked about, McCauleysays. We never said, 'Hey, we should take a break,' or 'Maybe this isn't working anymore.'We just took some time off. We'd just done our 10-year anniversary shows, and I had a kid like two weeks later. He pauses before adding with a hint of a laugh, We just kind of got comfortable away from each other.

    McCauley, O'Neil, and the two Ryans popped up solo and on others' projects. Personal lives also underwent massive changes, especially for McCauley, who married Vanessa Carlton and became a dad. The couple's little girl is now two years old. For the first time ever, Deer Tick-an all-consuming band known for constant touring and steady artistic output-took a backseat.

    When the band came back together for their beloved after-party shows at the Newport Folk Festival, the reunion reminded them what they missed about creating with one another.Playing that week with the guys made me really want to do it-it made everyone want to do it, McCauley says. So we started making some plans to go in the studio.

    The result, recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, is a bold double punch that reminds us not only why Deer Tick has been so missed, but why they've become important artists. The songwriting on both volumes is masterful. McCauley wrote most of the tunes alone, but O'Neil and Dennis Ryan also make killer contributions. Self-aware and never self important,McCauley excels at provocative lyrics that are sometimes confessional, sometimes accusatory. His compositions capture those internal contradictions that define us, like rock and-rollsongs of myself delighting in the multitudes and putting them on display.

    Vol. 1 opener Sea of Clouds is a dreamy mediation on letting go, featuring stripped down instrumentation that swells into a mini-symphony, all anchored by angelic harmonies and McCauley's familiar melodic snarl. It's not the only time McCauley mulls over what it takes to move on. Heart-tugging Only Love mixes sadness and hope for a snapshot of impending loss. I thought, 'Nobody writes a song about that kind of weird, ominous feeling you get inthe final 24 to 48 hours of a relationship,' McCauley says. I wanted to capture that mood in a song.

    Sauntering Card House is a flamenco-soaked threat with grotesque imagery, while lounge readyCocktail is a wry, piano-fueled stroll through fond boozy memories. I guess it's kindof a song about my strange relationship with alcohol-I'm still learning how to deal with it,McCauley says. I'm not a teetotaler. I've tried that. It's not for me. I'm not into the support group thing. I enjoy life with a drink. Trying to keep my life in balance can be hard, but it's something I'm capable of doing now.

    Tricky relationships with drugs and alcohol are addressed in different ways on both volumes.Hushed Vol. 1 closer Rejection pulses with vulnerability. I wrote it about trying to help somebody in some way, McCauley says. What was going through my mind but I didn't say in the lyrics is just reaching your hand out to somebody who's going through substance abuse problems. Vol. 2's Jumpstarting-a favorite track of McCauley's-offers the same kind of lifeline: he shouts startlingly sweet promises over crunchy guitars.

    Look How Clean I Am immediately follows. Written and sung by O'Neil, the song doesn't poke fun at sobriety but offers a droll take down of how some use it as a means or marketing vehicle to further celebrity. It's one of many genuinely funny moments on the project. JumpingS.M.F., (aka Shitty Music Festival) written and delivered by McCauley, takes hilarious shots at a summer institution. I thought I'd write that one for any band who's ever had a bad time at a music festival. It's one of my attempts at humor on the record, but then it just kind of comes off as anger, McCauley says with a laugh.

    McCauley wrote gorgeous instrumental Pulse thinking about the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. He lets his piano do the talking. It's a Whale is punk perfection, all screams and growling guitars. That's probably the most political I'll ever get in a song, McCauley says. I tried to put myself in the really dark head space of maybe a men's rights activist or something like that while trying to poke fun at it. His chants of Atta boy! Atta girl! are the ideal blend of smirk-inducing and scary.

    McCauley says he believes Sea of Clouds and It's a Whale probably best capture theextremities of both records. He's right, of course: it's Vol. 1's quiet vs. Vol. 2's loud-Deer Tick's dual personalities, finally channeled onto two distinct and equally brilliant records.These albums represent a new phase of my life that I haven't entirely figured out yet,McCauley says. I don't really know what's going to happen, but that's part of the excitement for me.

    1. Don't Hurt
    2. Jumpstarting
    3. Look How Clean I Am
    4. It's a Whale
    5. Tiny Fortunes
    6. Sloppy
    7. Wants / Needs
    8. S.M.F.
    9. Pulse
    10. Mr. Nothing Gets Worse
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